Yep. Adding this to my to-read list because I cannot freaking wait to be done with these edits. It'll be nice to read the story without having to makeYep. Adding this to my to-read list because I cannot freaking wait to be done with these edits. It'll be nice to read the story without having to make any tweaks. :-)...more
A very thorough book on how to market your books. A little too thorough for me. Joanna penn writes both fiction and nonfiction books, and this book coA very thorough book on how to market your books. A little too thorough for me. Joanna penn writes both fiction and nonfiction books, and this book covers techniques for both. I ended up skimming large chunks of the book - mostly the info on podcasts, videos, interviews, media, etc - because it applies mostly to nonfiction authors. A few fiction authors who have endless time and energy and really engaging personalities might get something out of those sections, but for the most part, spending the time writing the next book is a much much better idea.
The material presented was good though. I think I picked up a few new ideas. I might have enjoyed this more if I was a newbie to these ideas and if I hadn't just read another book with similar ideas. I do recommend this is you are just now looking into self publishing and ways to promote your book. Just know some of these methods are so not worth the energy and time.
This book was great for reinforcing the ideas and plan I already have in mind. ...more
This book popped up on my kindle at the perfect time! (Yes, I preordered it, something I very rarely do, but this series is that great.) I was on vacaThis book popped up on my kindle at the perfect time! (Yes, I preordered it, something I very rarely do, but this series is that great.) I was on vacation last week, so I devoured it every chance I had. Which was mostly on the plane ride home.
I've already raved about the two previous books in the series. This one is just as great, and Devi is one of my favorite female characters ever. I'm trying to think if there's anyone I love more than her... Can't think of one. Maybe Ash from my work-in-progress, IF I get her onto the page the way she needs to be on the page. She is strong and confident like Devi, and she's totally kickass.
The plot of this book picks up right after the end of the second Paradox book. Devi does struggle with her feelings quite a bit - more so than in the previous books - but that's understandable considering what Rupert did to her. Did I mention in my previous review how he went too far for me? I've kind of erased the terrible decision he made from my mind. He made several terrible ones, but the last one just pissed me off and made me ask myself how could I still like him. Thus, I had to erase/rewrite that last decision in my head.
Anyway, like I was saying, Devi's struggle with her feelings made sense. It didn't go on too long. She decided, and all was good - until the shit hit the fan.
Seriously, once the action in this book starts, it NEVER stops. There's not one second of downtime, and the stakes are still high. There's more alien/phantom/lelgis stuff in this book, and less kickass Devi-I-really-want-her-super-awesome-Lady-Gray-armor stuff. I guess, looking back, that I missed all the cool armor/fighting stuff. The bad-ish guys kept her away from it, for obvious reasons. She's too kickass for them to contain her in her armor. So, a lot of the fighting Devi had to do was without her armor.
(view spoiler)[ Speaking of the armor, it was ruined toward the end of the book! Looking back again, I think that should have been a bigger moment. I felt more loss when Devi lost... Sasha? One of her weapons in the first book. I didn't feel her sense of loss as much in this one, but that's probably because of the whole non-stop-action thing. She didn't have a chance to mourn it. So, I'll mourn it for her.
I know I'll be rereading these books. Devi is the kind of heroine I love to read about, and the kind of heroine I want to write (and am trying to write at the moment). And Rupert. Oh, Rupert. Your name fits you so well, oddly. No one else could pull it off. But you really are a big sweetheart. I loved your dedication and steadfastness in this book. If I was ever able to meet you in person, I'd give you a big hug. (Is it weird that I feel like I could actually meet him in person? Probably. Just pretend I didn't say that and that I'm a completely sane, normal person.)
If you haven't picked up these books, I beg you, please do! Even if you don't usually read science fiction. I feel like these books will appeal to urban fantasy fans. Strong female heroine? Check. Lots of kickass action? Check. I cool setting with awesome secondary characters? Check. Really, guys, you'll love this. Give the trilogy a try!...more
Added this because Heather Massey (of Galaxy Express) recommended it to Felicia Day in an "open letter". She made it sound good, and most of the revieAdded this because Heather Massey (of Galaxy Express) recommended it to Felicia Day in an "open letter". She made it sound good, and most of the reviews are positive, and, hell, it only costs $1.99, so I'll probably give it a go....more
I loved this! Antigone is exactly the type of heroine I want in my historical romances. She's brave and witty and can take care of herself, yet she stI loved this! Antigone is exactly the type of heroine I want in my historical romances. She's brave and witty and can take care of herself, yet she still feels genuine to the time period.
I also completely loved Will. The best part, though, was Antigone and Will together. Their banter was fantastic, and I found myself grinning at just how appalling they were together. ;-)
My only criticism is that I wanted more out of the epilogue. (view spoiler)[Did Will go off and fight the war? Did he make it back okay? Did he stay home with Antigone? I mean, for all I know, he got on a ship the day after they were wed then was killed in the very first battle. I just wanted to know a little about how their lives together would go. (hide spoiler)] But that's also a compliment, because I wanted MORE.
I think this is my favorite Elizabeth Essex book so far! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants strong, independent heroines in their historical romances....more